Author Archives: Dimitri

Red wine and a fish course to match – a problem or a treat?

I kick off this ‘What if it works’ section with something not particularly shocking, but still quite controversial and definitely one of the most talked about issues in matching food and wine. Will you serve red wine with fish courses? After reading a few books on Mediterranean diet, I am increasingly interested in incorporating more…

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Petalos Bierzo

Petalos 2012 Bierzo

Petalos 2012 is coming from Bierzo, which in my opinion is, as they say, a major up and coming region. Yet to be honest I believe the ascension has already  happened and you may recognise these bright, fresh, but spicy Spanish wines. This Bierzo wine is gorgeous – you see that colourful yet stylish label and already…

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Navegante Cadiz 2013

Navegante Bodegas Barbadillo 2013 Cadiz

Navegante wine is made by Bodegas Barbadillo 2013 and comes from not so known as of yet Tierra de Cadiz. This Spanish wine spent just up to 6 months in the oak barrels prior to bottling and that gives just a hint of pepper and vanilla, which is interesting. Yet in general the wine is quite simple…

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Monte Oton Garnacha 2013

Monte Oton Garnacha 2013

Monte Oton Garnacha 2013 is made by Bodegas Borsao and has a very typical alcohol on the medium level of 13.5%. This wine is coming from Campo de Borja, which enjoys some northern slopes in the northeast Spain. The terrain is actually of a very important note here, as together with the cooling Cierzo  wind it is all aids to the…

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Pioners Del Priorat 2011

Pioners Del Priorat 2011

This bottle comes from Priorat, one of my personal favourites so I am keen on researching what is good (or not so much) amongst the new wines. Pioners Del Priorat 2011 is made from a classic blend of Garnacha, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives it a very complex variety of flavours starting from a…

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Ardiles Priorat 2007

Ardiles Priorat 2007

Ok, let’s explore Ardiles Priorat 2007. Priorat wine comes to mind when you want something really special to finish off your weekend dinner. Your date or a partner asks you for a glass of something nice and you start thinking whether Priorat can be just too big and heavy… Fear not, this bottle is an explosion…

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Abellars Priorat

Abellars Priorat 2007, Spain

Priorat is a great Spanish region that holds the highest quality mark together with Rioja.  Abellars 2007 is an estate bottle wine that is a blend of Garnacha, Samso-Mazuelo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Why would you think estate bottled is a benefit. I personally think that is normally offers much more character and passion (some, more snobby…

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La Malkerida Bobal

La Malkerida, 100% Bobal

La Malkerida 2012 is made from 100% Bobal (I usually find it quite interesting, especially knowing that not so long time ago Bobal was the most widely planted grape variety in Spain). It is presented at a lighter style at 12.5% and thus mostly fresh and very pleasant. You should expect a very generous red fruit with…

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What to buy or avoid – January 2015

Brand new reviews start with the selection of four wines, more or less randomly bought at Majestic. They were marked as new wines, so I’ve thought that they will kick off my buy or avoid reviews. Before I go further on with the notes, I must add that even though I buy wine regularly, and mostly…

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ToroSanRoman2010

San Roman 2010 Toro

Spanish red wine expansion is definitely way on-going and apart from obvious powerhouses like Ribera Del Duero and Priorat, let’s not forget about Toro. This particular bottle was made of 100% local tinto fino. This is one of the top Toro wines. Honestly, I bought by price parameter, but it did not disappoint – you…

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Wine by Freud

I always loved Cabernet Sauvignon. I remember the days when I was opening a bottle and all these names- Merlot, Shiraz meant almost nothing to me, I was just learning. Ah, no< I was not even learning at that stage, just enjoying the drink. These days just knowing that it is generally associated with abundant…

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My genes

It is funny to write this small blame and think that you wish so much that your mother won’t read this. Or maybe it is just sad to blame your extra pounds in the midsection on a thing you cannot even see – your genes? I tend to say that I tend to believe that…

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When I was called fat

I still remember the day I was called fat. I also imagine that it was not the first time, I was overweight for quite a few years during my first Uni studies, but that was definitely a wake up call when it happened to my face! That first Uni of mine was a culmination of…

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Pago de Carraovejas Ribera del Duero Crianza 2011

Pago de Carraovejas Crianza 2011 is an explosion of this typical Ribera del Duero flavours: think ripe strawberries and cherries, but also a layer of black fruit and vanilla. It is definitely not a youngish Crianza – it is round and powerful, at the same time bursting with fruit flavours. It has aged a little bit to…

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Wine lifestyle? Is it even a thing?

We all do lifestyle choices everyday. Do we decide to consume only organic (food and wine)? Does this organic wine taste any good? Do we need to avoid some nasty stuff in supermarkets (why to overload the liver with it)? Can we tweak our lunches or dinners to be healthier and maybe even better matched with…

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